This section has our latest media work (including media releases, opinion editorials, radio and television interviews, and letters to the editor), as well as the latest submissions, publications, briefing papers and position statements.

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Review of KiwiSaver default provider arrangements

OraTaiao submission to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 17 September 2019

"We would like the government to take steps to ensure all default KiwiSaver providers are divested from the fossil fuel industry (companies involved in the exploration, extraction, refining, processing and burning of fossil fuels)."

Read full submission here (PDF).

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Health for #CLIMATESTRIKE

Friday 27 September 2019, NZ and globally

OraTaiao is supporting the student led global climate strike calling for bold action on climate change. Currently we have a confirmed presence at events in Auckland and Dunedin. Look for the OraTaiao banner and join us at these times and places:

Auckland - Aotea Square, 12pm, 27 September
Dunedin - Dunedin Dental School, 12pm, 27 September

We'll post here with information about other centres as they are confirmed. For information on school strikes around the country see here

If you are working on 27 September see here for some resources to share and actions you can take at work. 

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Climate change and health - OraTaiao

Feature article by Bruce Tsai, Kendall Robertson and Susanna Lees Watts. NZMJ Digest Issue 91. Read here

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Stuff.co.nz: 'Plant based' diet could cut disease, hospital costs and emissions, NZ health sector says

Article on the benefits of a sustainable diet and why we need a strong Zero Carbon Bill with quotes from Dr Alexandra Macmillan, OraTaiao Co-convenor.

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Radio Waatea: Māori health expertise needed for climate action plan

Interview here with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, on the need for well designed climate policy.

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Newshub: Fighting climate change vital to protect Kiwis' health - doctor

Interview with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, about why healthcare workers are demanding stronger action on climate change. Read more here.

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Select Committee hearing: Health sector groups ask for strong Zero Carbon Bill to include health

MEDIA RELEASE
29 August 2019

This morning at Environment Select Committee hearings, five health sector groups representing more than 55,000 health workers, called for health and fairness to be at the heart of a strengthened Zero Carbon Bill.

“We support a Zero Carbon Bill to help us stay within 1.5 degrees of global warming to protect people’s wellbeing from the impacts of climate change. It also needs to be strengthened to take advantage of the huge opportunities of well-designed climate policy for better health and wellbeing. With well-designed climate policy we would expect to see substantial health gains,” says Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.

Groups submitting to the Select Committee this morning were OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, NZ Nurses Organisation, NZ Medical Association, Public Health Association of NZ, and NZ College of Public Health Medicine. More than 20 organisations, representing much of the healthcare workforce, also made written submissions on the Zero Carbon Bill. 

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Media advisory: Health sector to rally for health at the heart of the Zero Carbon Bill

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Ministry right to urge reduced meat and dairy in hospitals

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
9 August 2019

The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population.

“People and the planet will both be healthier if we shift towards a plant-based diet, and cut back on meat and dairy, as recommended,” according to Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.

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Q&A in The Conversation, 7 August 2019

Climate Q&A: will we be less healthy because of climate change? Dr Alexandra Macmillan. The Conversation, 7 August 2019.

The overwhelmingly negative effects of climate change on health are a strong argument for urgent action to reduce our climate pollution.

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